City of Lufkin, 300 E. Shepherd
Lufkin, Texas 75901, 936-634-8881

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The Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904. On the north Loop 287, exit north on Martin Luther King and turn left immediately onto Zoo Circle. Parking is available along the street or the parking lots in Ellen Trout Park. Buses are requested to park in the Expo Center parking lot.  Call 936-633-0399 for more information.



If you are interested in learning more about our education programs, contact:

Whitney Heckler, Director of Educational Services at

or Taylor Galaviz, Zoo Educator at

ETZ Education Department Overview 2019

Educational Programs

Teacher Checklist for Field Trips to ETZ

Internships are offered at Ellen Trout Zoo year-round, and they are a great way to get college credit or on-the-job experience opportunities!

Internships at Ellen Trout Zoo!

Apply today!


Click Here to Register, beginning April 13, 2021

For more information, contact Whitney Heckler, 936-630-0574.

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on events and educational programs!

Critter Classification (going into first or second grade)

Discover the slinky, furry and fluffy critters of Ellen Trout Zoo and around the world. Campers will come face-to-face with creatures\ great and small, play games, be creative with animal crafts and explore their zoo!

Wild Detectives (going into third and fourth grade)

Become Eco-explorers and investigate endangered animals and their endangered wild homes. Campers will meet rare and endangered animals, go behind-the-scenes and discover ways to help conserve and protect our animal friends.

Zoo Engineers (going into fifth and sixth grade)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you ran the zoo? Campers will design exhibits for their favorite zoo animals, set up and take touch carts throughout the zoo, develop and enrichment project and more.

Jr. Zookeeper Work Areas

What is Jr. Zoo Keepers?

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Jr. Zookeepers: 2021

Application and Teacher Recommendation due . . . . March 19th 2021

Essay due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 19th, 2021

If contacted for one, interviews will be held . . . April 9th & 10th, 2021

Zoo Animal Classifications

Mammals North:  This area includes – big cats, rhinos, giraffe, clinic animals and some others.


Asia/Primates:  This area includes – primates, Asian section of the zoo minus reptiles, parrots,  sloths, tamarins, otters, courtyard birds, king vulture and small bats.


Herps:  This area includes the reptiles and amphibians in the small animal building, alligators, Galapagos tortoises, Komodo Dragons, Siamese and Nile crocodiles and large Asian pythons.


Mammals South:  This area includes – Hippos, tapirs, deer, African Aviary, African tortoises and the waterfowl pool. 

The Ellen Trout Zoo has a brochure available describing the venomous snakes found in East Texas. The PDF brochure is available in both English and Spanish.  The brochure was written by Gordon Henley, Zoo Director and is illustrated with photographs by Celia Falzone, General Curator.  Editorial assistance was provided by J. Colin Crawford, Education Assistant.  The brochures provide written and photographic descriptions of the 5 species of venomous snakes found in Angelina County.

Education continues to be an integral part of the Ellen Trout Zoo's statement of purpose.   Ellen Trout Zoo began offering formalized educational programs in 1977 to schools in the East Texas area.  This important educational resource has expanded its role and offerings over the past years to include a broad spectrum of both formalized and informal programs.